Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker
The Corcoran Group
There are approximately 30 buildings of this kind in Manhattan. At any given month, no more than 2-3 apartments are offered for sale in these buildings. Many change ownership via off-market transactions. Average time to get such units in contract is less than 4 weeks. Average time to get a traditional co-op unit in contract is 40 weeks. "Investor friendly" co-op apartments are highly liquid and attract a solid demand.
On average, a cash investors earn more than 15% annually on his/her investment by purchasing and subleasing a cooperative apartment in these "investor friendly" co-op buildings.
The math is quite simple.
Let's consider Upper East Side co-ops in pre-war low-rise buildings.
Average co-op studio price is $300,000; $600 - $650 per square foot (Average 1BR price is $350,000). An average monthly rent for a studio is $1900. Average monthly maintenance for a studio apartment is $750. Annual Net Operating Income (NOI) = $13,800. CAP = 4.6%. Compared to investing in condos - by purchasing and renting a condo in Manhattan, an investor will not earn more than 2.00% - 2.50% annually.
Moreover, over the last year, on the average, co-op prices increased by more than 15% in Manhattan (see most recent Market Reports published by the most leading real estate brokerage companies in Manhattan.)
Undisputedly, there is always a chance that a board might amend the co-op bylaws and forbid investors to purchase units in the building or create restrictions on subleasing. However, the chances of this happening are very slim. Usually, the board needs 66% voting approval from all of the shareholders in the co-op in order to to amend bylaws. Most of the shareholders in such buildings are investors who sublease the units once they close on a purchase. Such shareholders/investors will never vote against their own interests. Thus, it is nearly impossible for the board to gather the necessary 66%. That's precisely the reason why these buildings are called "investor friendly".
Today, this type of co-op deals is an incredible investment opportunity that certainly deserves a careful consideration.
If you are interested in investing in co-op â€œinvestor friendlyâ€ buildings in Manhattan or would like to get more information about this type of deals, please contact me at email@example.com.
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
It completely depends on the Coop's rules. Some Coops allow one or two years of subletting after the shareholder has lived there for a year or two. Every Coop has its own rules on subletting. Very few Coops allow unlimited subletting. I only know of two.
If subletting for investment purposes is your goal, I would suggest you purchase a Condo where subletting is flexible. Depending on rules you may even wish to consider a Condop which is a Coop with Condo rules. However not every Manhattan Condop is flexible on subletting.
If I can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to contact me.
Best of luck,
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Member of Real Estate Board of New York
770 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10065
I know of a co-op on the Lower East Side that used to have very liberal subleasing policies, like a condo. Then one day the board decided this policy was hurting the building too much, and overnight they prohibited any new subleasing.
So if you plan to rent your place, you take a risk if you buy a co-op. How much of a risk? No one really knows. People who want to sell apartments will try to tell you otherwise, and who knows, maybe they're right, maybe the building they want you to buy into will never ever ever change its policy. But I own a co-op and I can tell you, board membership can completely change in just one election.
So you need to consider the risk very carefully.
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
New York, NY
Some co-ops don't even allow renting, and some are more liberal like 3 out of 5 years but you have ot live in it for the first 2 then again when the 3 years are up.
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Co-op by their nature expect to have the units owner occupied as implied in the name - shareholders cooperatively living in the building they collectively own. Co-op boards make rules on subletting, pet policy, qualifications for purchase, etc. There are some co-ops that do not permit any subletting at all. There are a few, very few, which allow it from the start. Most have a policy somwhere in the middle. The most common is to permit 2 out of 5 years, with board approval after 1-2 years of being owner-occupied. Additionally some limit how many can be rented out at one time. Some charge you a surcharge for subletting. It would be very important for you to know the specific rules of any building your are thinking of buying in. If you goal is investment and not to occupy it, you are much better off with a condo.
I strongly suggest you work with a skilled, experienced buyers agent, as we can guide you through the process.
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You can definitely sublease a coop. However, it will all depend on the house rules.
You may have to reside in the unit for 1 year or two years before you lease it and some coops will not let you sublease indefinitely. Some have a max number of years you will be able to sublet.
So moral of the story, you can sublease BUT it all depends on teh House rules.
Vice President Associate Broker
Citi-Habitats Relocation and Corporate Headquarters
There are, however, coops with liberal subletting rules. In addition, there are buildings referred to as condops. These are coops with condo rules. They are coops with unlimited subletting rights.
I have a list of coops with liberal subletting rules. Please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to help you. You can find my profile on our company's website at http://www.bellmarc.com.
Bellmarc Brokerage Ltd.
New York, NY 10010